Aotearoa Short Film Lab


Applications have now closed for the 2017 Aotearoa Short Film Lab, which was held in March. You can read more about that here.

Applications for the 2018 Aotearoa Short Film Lab will open in November 2018. For notification of when entries open, join our email newsletter list by clicking the link to the right of this page.

About the Lab

Aotearoa Short Film Lab is New Zealand’s most prestigious hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters to workshop new ideas for short film. Established in 2010 as a partnership between Show Me Shorts and Script to Screen, the Lab offers six local and two international short film makers the opportunity to develop their short film concepts and scripts with the guidance and advice of experienced industry mentors.

The Lab is free to attend for all selected applicants, but there is a NZ$20 application fee. Those selected can come on their own or bring up to two key creative collaborators with them. Travel costs are the responsibility of the selected participants.

The Lab includes a full-day workshop, and follow-up sessions with one of the mentors who will guide each participant through the development of their script.

The mentors in previous years have included: Shuchi Kothari, Michael Bennett, Jake Mahaffy, Zia Mandviwalla, Jackie van Beek, Dustin Feneley and Emily Anderton.

Each of the mentors for the Short Film Lab are experienced and accomplished kiwi filmmakers. Pictured: stills from Jackie van Beek's "Uphill", Jake Mahaffy's "A.D. 1363, The End of Chivalry" and Shuchi Kothari's "Coffee and Allah"

The mentors for the Short Film Lab are experienced short film makers. Pictured: stills from previous mentors’ films – Jackie van Beek’s ‘Uphill,’ Jake Mahaffy’s ‘A.D. 1363, The End of Chivalry’ and Shuchi Kothari’s ‘Coffee and Allah.’

Previous Short Film Lab participants have described the interactive workshop as “inspiring” and “invaluable”, and many have gone on to make the shortlist for NZFC Fresh Shorts funding. In 2013, the first film developed with the assistance of the Short Film Lab – Lauren Jackson’s I’m Going to Mum’s – premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and won Best Short Film Script at the SWANZ Awards.

If you have questions about the Lab or your application please contact us.

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